iPhone 7, 7 Plus Home Button Repair
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t come with a physical Home button like previous generation iPhones. Instead, it comes with an all-new pressure sensitive Home button, which relies on the Taptic engine to give you a sensation that you have clicked on the button. Pressure sensitive buttons have their advantage. You no longer need to worry about the wear and tear of the home button. Apple used the words “force sensitive solid state” – which means, in a sense, that it’s a lot less prone to breaking or wearing out.
But anything can happen with electronics and if you think your home button has a problem drop in at any of our locations located in Mississauga/Toronto & our technicians will be happy to assist you.
2 years ago-
Quick and Easy! Worth the drive from Niagara Falls to have my cracked iPad Mini screen replaced.
IPHONE 6, 6 Plus HOME BUTTON REPLACEMENT
The home button is located at the bottom of the screen on all Apple iPhones and iPads, and is used for:
- Exiting apps,
- Returning to the home screen where all your apps are,
- And in newer devices, for accessing Siri when holding the button down.
The home button on the iPhone 5/5S and 6/6+ also doubles as a fingerprint scanner, called “Touch ID”, which allows you to unlock your phone with your fingerprint instead of typing in a password, and also allows you to purchase apps, movies, or music without needing to verify your credit card every time.
This is also beneficial for preventing credit card fraud or accidental purchases if you have small children who often use your phone for “pay-to-win” type games or apps, because you can require your phone to ask for a fingerprint scan before completing a purchase.
Touch ID works by layering a few different components on top of each other. The top layer made of a very scratch-resistant sapphire crystal (I guess you could say Apple craves that mineral!).
This layer needs to be scratch-resistant because any imperfections on the scanner can prevent Touch ID from scanning fingerprints properly. Then a stainless steel ring surrounds the crystal which when touched by your finger (your body has low levels of electricity – ‘cuz baby you’re a firework!), “wakes” the actual fingerprint sensor underneath.
This sensor “reads” your fingerprint by taking a very detailed picture of your fingertip and matching it to a scan saved to your phone.
Apple assures their users that the fingerprint data isn’t saved anywhere but on the phone itself, not on their servers or online. This should make the fingerprint data safer from security threats or hacking.
The touch software is programmed to request a pass code or password in certain situations before it will re-enable the scanner, for your security:
- If Touch ID hasn’t been activated in more than 48 hours,
- If your phone has been recently rebooted or reset to factory settings,
- If your phone has failed to read your fingerprint correctly 5 times in a row, or
- If you’ve remotely locked your phone using an app like Find my iPhone (usually if it has been stolen or lost).
The Touch ID can also help replace your wallet with a new program called Apple Pay, a “contactless payment” system. It is available at some places in the US, but not currently in Canada. Apple has plans to bring Pay to Canada some time in 2015.
This software allows users to quickly tap their phone against the credit card terminal at a variety of places, instead of swiping their credit card or entering their PIN. It also works with a huge range of online stores and apps. Apple Pay also allows you to store more than one card, just like your actual wallet.
“Banks are clamping down on their verification processes for the Apple Pay mobile-payment system after crooks started loading stolen credit-card data onto phones and then making fraudulent purchases...The banks are making customers jump through more hoops because they want to make sure that card really belongs to the person who is loading it into the phone.”
--Wall Street Journal, March 2015.
The iPhone 6 Plus’ large size meant Apple needed to add an additional function to this phone, called “Reachability”. The large screen-size makes touching all parts of the phone when holding it in one hand difficult for some users. By double-tapping the home button, everything on the screen is shifted to the bottom half for greater ease of use. This function works, regardless of whether you are:
- in a third-party app,
- on the home screen,
- surfing the internet, or
- using any other function on your phone.
Without a working home button, you will not be able to use your phone for a lot of the things you usually use a phone for, such as:
- returning to the Home Menu from a web browser or app
- using Touch ID to make purchases
- unlocking your phone’s screen with a fingerprint scan
Once your iPhone’s home button works, you will be able to:
- Capture screenshots of what is displayed on your phone (press the home button and the power button at the same time)
- Make secure credit card purchases and bank payments online with a swipe of your fingerprint
- Exit out of apps or other open windows quickly
- Use voice commands and access Siri for searches, contacts and more
- Bring up all open apps in the “multitasking” window (press the home button twice to use this option)
- Open up your list of recent calls and favourite contacts (double click the home button to find this list)
With such an important part of your phone out of commission, you will definitely find using your phone much more difficult. Bring it in to the Techknow Space and walk out within an hour with it back in action.
IPHONE 5, 5S, 5C HOME BUTTON REPLACEMENT
The home button on iPhones 5, 5C and 5S is essential to navigate through the phone. Without a working home button you won’t be able to get out of any app, switch between apps (by double-tapping the home button), or access Siri (by holding the button down).
On the iPhone 5S the home button also has the “Touch ID” functionality – a finger print scanner, which you can use to unlock the phone without entering the pass code and authorize payments in the App Store.
If you are experiencing any issues with your home button – whether it’s jammed or doesn’t respond – bring it in to our Toronto or Mississauga location and we’ll see what needs to be done to solve the problem. Often there is actually no need to replace the home button mechanism – it may be sufficient to just disassemble it and clean it out, because often home button problems happen when some dirt and gunk builds up under the button.
In other cases, you’ll need to get your iPhone 5, 5S or 5C home button replaced. We keep replacement buttons in stock at all times and can replace the home button on your iPhone in less than an hour.
a year ago
IPhone 5c screen repair - Excellent quality of service. Will definitely recommend this company to my colleagues.